Modern times have developed in such a way that gender
discrimination is on a high rise. It would appear that the masses have
inculcated and continue to spread the orthodox belief that men and women have
pre-determined roles to play in society and for either one to infringe upon the
other would be catastrophic. These people are not ready to accept that gender
roles are simply a social construction by radicals who would look down upon
womankind. You must be able to witness gender discrimination everywhere by now.
Even in the smallest of ways, like your dad never making food or even helping
your mom out in the kitchen because that’s her job and not a man’s place to be.
You see it in places where you least expect it too. Children commonly act this
way even more transparently because of the way their parents have brought them
It’s a gruesome thought process that festers in those that condescend the ability of a woman. Gender discrimination has commonly been observed in the job market, irrespective of the industry. They get paid lesser than men in the same position and are not open to the same opportunities of growth as the men in the firm. A lot of renowned celebrities have called out this shameful practice and a lot of headstrong women have stood up for all the women in the world by suing the companies they work in for giving them less pay and unequal opportunities simply because they were not born as men.
However, this battle is being fought and bridged by a highly notable lawyer, David Sanford. He has won tons of cases in his timespan and continues to fight for sexual harassment claims, women rights, gender discrimination cases etc.He is the Chairman and co-founder of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP and has recovered more than one billion dollars for individual clients and the United States government since 2004.
Sanford represents C-suite executives and non-managerial
hourly employees throughout the US. He has served as lead counsel in more than
50 class actions and numerous qui tam cases around the country
and represented more than 100 general counsel and attorneys (in-house and
outside counsel) in contract disputes, employment matters, and severance
One of his most prominent and spectacular cases is that of Amy Velez et al., vs. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. It was almost a seven-week trial which began on April 7, 2010. It is the largest gender discrimination case to have reached trial. Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a class of 5600 female sales representatives of Novartis because they had suffered excruciating problems due to gender pay, promotion prospects and pregnancy discrimination claims.
There happened to be a unanimous decision between the jury panel of nine people who found Novartis liable for the actions that it was accused of. Novartis was held to award 12 former sales reps $3.36 million in damages and the class of 5600 women received an additional $250 million in punitive damages. The jury also made sure that the remaining 5,600 women in the class were also awarded additional awards of backpay and seek compensatory damage awards up to $300,000 each. The verdict and the resulting monetary awards was the largest ever in the U.S in an employment discrimination case.
$22.5M were earmarked for broad-reaching systemic reforms and it is held to be amongst the largest non-monetary settlements ever reached. These systemic reforms will address: (1) the way Novartis promotes women for managerial positions; (2) the procedure of Novartis when evaluating its employees; (3) how Novartis compensates its employees; (4) how Novartis investigates and responds to complaints of discrimination and unfair treatment.